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Northern California Residents Cautioned to be Aware of Indoor Hazards Following Recent Earthquake

Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provides indoor environmental quality testing and consulting services to identify hazards following California earthquake.

Chatsworth, CA – WEBWIRE

Once it is deemed safe to enter a property, there are a number of things people should be aware of now that the dust has settled.

On August 24th, the strongest earthquake to hit Northern California in 25 years caused widespread damage to properties and injured dozens of people.  The 6.0 magnitude earthquake’s epicenter was a few miles southwest of Napa and it knocked out power for thousands of area residents.  The earthquake also caused gas leaks and a number of fires.
As people survey the damage, they now need to be aware of aftershocks and potential hazards they may encounter before they reenter their homes and businesses and begin to cleanup and make repairs. 
“Once it is deemed safe to enter a property, there are a number of things people should be aware of now that the dust has settled,” said Franco Seif, President of Clark Seif Clark. “Check the utilities for gas leaks, electrical system damage and any leaks in the sewage or water lines in the property. Sewage may contain a host of microbial pathogens including bacteria, viruses and mold as well as chemical contaminants.  It also releases odors that could cause safety issues.  If water pipes are damaged they may cause water damage, structural damage and mold growth. An earthquake may also release large amounts of dust and it could contain asbestos and lead in older properties. New cracks in foundations and basements may also allow for radon or chemicals in the soil and groundwater to begin infiltrating into buildings.”
CSC has environmental, health and safety professionals stationed across California to provide inspecting, testing and consulting services to identify a wide array of potential indoor environmental hazards. To learn more about these services, please visit, email or call (800) 807-1118. 
About Clark Seif Clark
CSC was established in 1989 to help clients in both public and private sectors address environmental, IAQ, and health and safety (EH&S) issues. CSC is a leading provider of these services with multiple offices along the western seaboard and southwest. The company believes in science-based protocols and has a strong background in engineering, making them the preferred environmental consultants to industrial clients, healthcare facilities, architects, schools, builders, contractors, developers and real estate professionals.

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